Brecksville Handcrafters Create Crafts for Others
The group meets every Monday to work on projects.
Every Monday, a group of women gather in the Brecksville Human Services Center to spend a few hours chatting and crafting.
The Brecksville Handcrafters formed at the center a few years ago, said member Bonnie Owen. Before that, she said, there was a separate group for knitters and crocheters that met elsewhere. The Handcrafters group, on the other hand, welcomes all kinds of creative skills. On Monday, members were working on everything from baby afghans to origami cards to decorations for Valentine’s Day place cards.
“Everybody’s working on something different,” said Karen Dedich.
Each member brings their own project to the table, and they learn from each other.
Sharron Taylor said she likes working with the group and seeing the different skills each member has. What one crafter doesn’t know how to do, another will, she said.
“And you develop some beautiful friendships,” she added.
The group does work on some projects together, like creating place cards for center’s special luncheons. And they also coordinate projects to donate to various programs.
Taylor said the majority of the goods the group makes goes to a good cause.
One example of that was this month’s Yuletide Hunger Program, which helps local families in need during the holiday season. Members of the group made knit caps and slippers for families to take when they picked up their food.
The members pay for everything the club uses on their own, except for the occasional donated yarn.
If anyone would like to join the Handcrafters, the group is open to new members. The Handcrafters meet from 1 to 3 p.m. every Monday in the Human Services Center. If you’d like to donate, members are always looking for yarn or old greeting cards.